Johnson Leads U.S. Women in Garmisch Downhill
Breezy Johnson led the Land Rover U.S. Alpine Ski Team in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, finishing 17th in the downhill.
Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany took her first FIS Ski World Cup downhill win by an impressive .61 seconds in front of her home crowd, while Federica Brignone of Italy captured yet another podium in second. Speed skiing and alpine snowboarding sensation Ester Ledeka of the Czech Republic was third.
Breezy has shown some brilliance in the last few races, taking two top-10 results in January. While 17th wasn’t exactly where she wanted to have finished on the Kandahar track, she was still in good spirits. “It was tough out there,” said Breezy. “It was bumpy out there. I thought I skied my best, which is just what you want to do every day. Whatever the result is, at least there’s nothing I would have changed about my approach that much. It’s time to just go back, keep working and move forward.”
Alice Merryweather finished right behind Breezy in 19th place, while Alice Mckennis was just out of the points in 32nd. Jackie Wiles, who is still coming back from injury, was 38th.
Federica’s second-place finish closed the gap for the overall World Cup to just 190 points behind Mikaela Shiffrin. Mikaela is currently back home with her family in Colorado after her father passed away unexpectedly.
The women race a super-G on Sunday to finish out the weekend.
Luke Winters and Tommy Ford raced slalom in Chamonix, France on Saturday, with no U.S. men qualifying for a second run. Clement Noel of France took the win with Timon Haugan of Norway second and Adrian Pertl of Austria third. The U.S. men will look for strong finishes in Sunday’s parallel giant slalom.